Oliver Ellsworth Homestead

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Oliver Ellsworth Homestead
Oliver Ellsworth Homestead is located in Connecticut
Oliver Ellsworth Homestead
Oliver Ellsworth Homestead is located in USA
Oliver Ellsworth Homestead
Location 778 Palisado Avenue, Windsor, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°52′39.87″N 72°37′31.02″W / 41.8777417°N 72.6252833°W / 41.8777417; -72.6252833Coordinates: 41°52′39.87″N 72°37′31.02″W / 41.8777417°N 72.6252833°W / 41.8777417; -72.6252833
Built 1781
Architect Samuel Denslow; Thomas Hayden
Architectural style Georgian
NRHP Reference # 70000707
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 06, 1970[1]
Designated NHL December 20, 1989[2]

The Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, also known as Elmwood, is a historic house museum at 747 Palisado Avenue in Windsor, Connecticut. It was the home of the American lawyer and politician Oliver Ellsworth from 1782 to 1807, and was designated a National Historic Landmark because of this association. Ellsworth (1745–1807) helped draft the United States Constitution, served as the third Chief Justice of the United States, and was a United States Senator from Connecticut.

The Georgian clapboarded house includes a portico with Tuscan columns supporting a gable roof and two brick chimneys near the gable ends of the wood-shinqled roof. The name Elmwood derives from the thirteen elm trees Ellsworth planted in honor of the thirteen colonies.[3]

Elmwood was visited by two sitting Presidents: George Washington (on October 21, 1789) and John Adams (October 3, 1799). The house was occupied by the Ellsworth family until 1903 when it was given to the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution, Inc [4] The homestead was restored in the late 1980s and early 1990s and is now a museum and Matthies Hall can be used as a meeting location between May and October.[5]

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Oliver Ellsworth Homestead". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  3. ^ a b Bruce Clouette (January 18, 1989). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Oliver Ellsworth Homestead / Elmwood" (pdf). National Park Service. . Accompanying photos, exterior and interior, from 1967, 1989 and undated. PDF (2.55 MB)
  4. ^ Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution, Inc.
  5. ^ Oliver Ellsworth Homestead Museum

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